I was born in Sydney, but my family was living on a farm in the country at the time, and they travelled in to stay with my grandparents when it was time for my birth. Dad had a degree in agriculture and managed farms over for the ten or so years of my life. I now live in Sydney, but I am still a little bit country and a little bit city!
The late 1980’s when I did my first session with Rael Isacowitz. And BOOM, I was hooked! Rael was Dean of Dance at the MacDonald College in Sydney at the time – yep, he gets around – and I took my poor ruptured ankle along for some rehab...what I got was a mind-blowing whole body slam dunk Pilates experience.
To appreciate what you have and work for what you want.
How important self-responsibility is.
For me, taking responsibility for getting things right or wrong (it happens!..) and adjusting course accordingly; to also watching clients soar who take responsibility for their practice as opposed to those who don’t or can’t. We have to find ways to help both.
Running a theatre company or producing shows. I miss a bit of the old showbiz action behind the scenes.
I’m pretty happy with where I am … but if I could “beam me” anywhere, I wouldn’t say no to swimming at the Amalfi Coast most days.
Based in Australia, we’re distant from most places in the world. So let’s see, most exotic...Asia, South Africa, New Zealand, a few Teasers in the Vatican.. does that rate as exotic?
I might have to come back a little closer to home and mention the gorgeous Northern Territory in Australia. It’s an exotic mix of crocodiles, hot steamy tropical weather and the indigenous culture of our country. Definitely an amazing place off the beaten track, that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting for Pilates training.
Go hard! So many great things are going to happen!
Pelvic Curls / Bridging...and I probably will. It solves a multitude of body needs every day, and I always feel better after doing a set.
Practice...Me. My time. The same goes for shuffling (my version of jogging); it’s my thinking time.
There are so many gems amongst the Pilates quotes, but I do love this one as it tends to describe what sets apart the philosophy of how Pilates differs to other exercises. For me, Pilates is Pilates when it is done with precision and concentration (the Principles of Pilates!).
“Concentrate on the correct movement each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and lose all vital benefits.”
Funny you should ask...I have a book in process and it will be dedicated to The Elders of the Pilates Method. The elders really kept the Method alive to get to us, imbued it with their own varied expertise, and from where I sit, it’s pretty clear they worked damn hard each and every day to continue the legacy.
Decision to make on a daily basis, but generally, I like easy background music or no music .. I don’t think I could do Pilates to a beat or fit it to music, but I like some groovy sound in the background.
I love Spotify. I love to pick playlists and see what unfolds. I gravitate towards R’n’B, soul, and retro playlists. I play a lot of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s playlists, and lately have been into ‘Sweet Soul Chill’, ‘70’s Roadtrip’ and an Aussie fave (and Pilates devotee) Ian Moss.
Don’t rush. It’s a lifelong affair.
Happiness and healthiness. It’s what you get when everything comes together.
I love this question but it’s so hard! Ummm...
No idea of a title but could I have Blake Lively play me, please?! ?
I’m a Trekkie. From about "Star Trek: Next Generation" onwards .. Jean Luc Picard and Captain Janeaway are my true heroes. ;)
Squeeze them, and drink the juice with vodka.
Outside, open spaces. Maybe it’s my country upbringing. Any of my studios or spaces have to have big open windows, light, air, space. But also home – I’m a true Cancerian – home is where the heart is. And yes, home is open plan with lots of light and air ;)
I’m pretty happy to travel most places but hard to beat Italy for the culture, food, ocean, lifestyle. I really love Australia too though and am so thankful that I get to experience a lot of it.
Too many! I love books; I’m a fan of a good thriller. We have quite a library built into our corridor upstairs, and it has a hugely eclectic selection. Sorry, though, I just can’t pick one because it wouldn’t be fair to the other books. ;)
Again, there are so many, I can’t give just one. Let's go with any "Star Trek" movie after 1985 – particularly JJ Abrams first "Star Trek" movie; "The Godfather," "All That Jazz," "Little Miss Sunshine." That sort of outlines my eclectic tastes.
Maybe should remain hidden...Highland dancing...I do a mean Highland Fling and Sword Dance. When I learned Highland we also learned the Sailors Hornpipe, Dutch Waltz Clog, and the Irish Jig. I know them all and can still do a fair version of them – well, in my own opinion!
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